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GCSE results on the up

‘Excellent improvement’ from Bristol’s students

Bristol’s Labour Party representatives have welcomed further increases in GCSE results in the city.  The City Council’s Cabinet have spent this morning visiting schools to help students celebrate their results.  Overall, the number of pupils achieving five GCSEs or vocational equivalents at grade A*-C has risen to 47% (a rise of 3.2% on last year).  Two schools, Whitefield Fishponds Community School and Withywood Community School saw exceptional improvement, with pass rates soaring by 17 and 24 per cent respectively.

Commenting on the results, Helen Holland, Leader of the City Council said:

“Today's results are very encouraging.  I thought it was important that members of the Cabinet visited schools to see the result of years of hard work.  We share the aspirations of schools, parents and young people to do better."

"We have a lot more to do in Bristol but we are confident that our staff and young people are up to the challenge. As a City Council, we will continue to offer all the support we can, and will be working closely with the government to raise standards further.”

Labour MP for Bristol South Dawn Primarolo added:

“These are a massively improved set of results for schools in Bristol South.  I will be writing to schools in my constituency to pass on my congratulations.  Labour is really investing in education, with schools being rebuilt and pupils benefiting from world-class facilities.   It is vital that we continue to move forward, with our Labour City Council working together with the government to strive for further improvement.”

Bristol City Council’s Executive Member for Children and Young People, Derek Pickup, said:

“This is good news for Bristol’s schools.  We have had a challenging few years, but it seems like we are turning the corner.  Most schools have seen a jump in their pass rates, and there have been some really spectacular results.  It is important that we take note of the good practice of those schools who perform consistently well, as well as those who have seen significant improvements, in order to continue this progress across the board next year.”

Labour MP for Bristol East Kerry McCarthy commented: 

“I was particularly pleased that Whitefield Fishponds School, which is based in my constituency, has improved its results by 17% this year.  Across Bristol, we are beginning to see real progress and, although we still have much to do, these results are another step in the right direction.  Nationally, it’s good to see that the achievement gap between boys and girls is getting smaller.  Reducing this further continues to be a key priority for the government.”

Roger Berry, Labour MP for Kingswood, concluded:

“These results are a testament to the hard work of pupils, staff and parents.  As well as traditional academic success, they show that pupils who have studied for vocational qualifications are doing well.  It will have been a stressful wait for results, but I know that young people across Bristol and Kingswood will be celebrating their achievements with their friends and family today.” 

[23 August 2007]

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